April 2014
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for the residents in City Council District 8. It is not an official publication of the City of Albuquerque.

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Crime Trends/Prevention: April 14, 2014

District 8 is served by both the Foothills Area Command and the NorthEast Area Command

The new Foothills Area Commander is Cdr. Tim Gonterman
The new NorthEast Area Commander is Cdr. Dodi Comacho

Unexpected Strangers at Your Door
- Please read!

An individual in one of the NE Heights neighborhoods reported that 3 men knocked on his door, saying they were from the County Assessors Office. They had badges, but no vests. The car had a grouping of crosses on it with no words. They asked questions and wanted to see the home owner's back porch. They were denied entry into the home by the home owner.
The home owner called the Assessors Office to check on the validity of the men. He was told that their men have not been in that neighborhood and when they do go into neighborhoods, they will travel in a large 15 person van clearly marked as County Assessor. The assessors wear green vests covered with county assessor identity info as well as badges. The assessors will canvass an area in pairs, or sometimes only one person will knock on one's door, but NEVER will there be three people at the door. They will never ask to enter the house or yard.

In March, we had a report of a Hispanic male, thin build, accompanied by a young, white girl, thin, about 15 years old.  They approached the residence and told the homeowner they were there to pick up clothing the female left at the home the prior night; the resident had no idea what they were talking about and they remained outside the resident’s door for about 10 minutes.  An alert neighbor called 242-COPS and noted to the operator that a group of teens had just vandalized their home’s side garage door and left the door open.  They may have been attempting to break into the home and were in a dark blue older model SUV.   
Recent Auto Burglaries

Of the 9 reported, 6 were confirmed to be forced entries and vehicle windows were broken and locks punched/doors pried.
Purses, a handicap placard, walking stick, radio, camera, stereo equipment and an iPod were taken.

Please do not leave any items of value in your vehicles!   

Residential Burglaries:

If someone is at your door, you should never open the door if you are not expecting them or if you don't recognize the person.  However you should do something to let that person know someone is home.  You can yell “I'm busy” or just make a loud noise by slamming a nearby door inside.  Posting a "no solicitors" sign will deter most door-to-door solicitors.
Almost all of our residential burglary offenders are gaining entry to homes via breaking a window or sliding glass door in the rear of the residence.  Please be alert to anyone in your neighborhood knocking on front doors or ringing front doorbells and then making their way around the sides of homes to the back.  Lock up and if you have home alarms, please activate them.

Doggie doors being used as points of entry for residential burglaries again.  Secure your doggie doors!

We make it easy to file police reports:
Go to any APD substation
Go online to HYPERLINK "http://www.cabq.gov" www.cabq.gov to the APD section
Call APD’s Telephone Reporting Unit at 768-2030
Call 242-COPS (2677) from the location and request an officer


2014 Meeting Dates

Meetings will be held at the Holiday Park Community Center
11710 Comanche Rd NE, east of Juan Tabo

January 23
March 27
May 22
July 24
September 25
November 20 - Annual Meeting

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